Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1991
|Region||California, Napa Valley, Oakville|
Offers a distinct mint-chocolate aroma, and rich minty currant and black cherry flavors in a complex, deeply concentrated, sharply focused style. Tannins are softening, but offer enough intensity for another decade of cellaring.-- '81/?91 California Cabernet retrospective. Drink now through 2010.
The 1991 Martha's Vineyard is irrefutably better than the 1990 (a wine I found to be medium-bodied, surprisingly soft, a bit diluted, but cleanly made, and capable of providing satisfactory drinking over the next decade; I rated it 86). The 1991 reveals a deeper ruby/garnet color with a hint of purple, and a shy but attractive perfume of red and black fruits, wood, spice, and a vague notion of mint. On the palate the wine exhibits very good to excellent depth, medium body, and admirable tannin, glycerin, ripeness, and richness in the spicy finish. It is a more measured style of Martha's Vineyard, as well as more concentrated than the 1990.